The Great Book Robbery

57 minutes, documentary, 2007-2012

The Great Book Robbery is a powerful and poignant chronicle of cultural destruction. It tells the story of the 70,000 Palestinian books that were looted by the newly formed State of Israel in 1948. The film weaves together a range of storylines to create a dramatic, engaging, and deeply emotional structure. The interviews in the film focus on first-hand accounts and cultural analyses that contextualise the book theft within a larger historical and cultural framework, shedding new light on the Palestinian tragedy of 1948 and its impact on culture.

An interview with Benny Brunner about the film

Production: A 2911 Foundation and AL Jazeera English production

Screened: Israel, USA, UK

Broadcast: Al Jazeera English

The Great Book Robbery

German version: Der große Bücherraub